Phil DeSantis grew up near Coney Island. He has always been interested in the sights and sounds that are particular to Brooklyn. His inspirations range from the wide open spaces of Brighton Beach to the Brownstone laced streets of Park Slope. Phil holds a BFA in painting as well a Masters in Art Education. Presently, he teaches art at Edward R. Murrow High School. He primarily works in watercolor but has a love for photography and film. Phil has a particular fascination with industrial structures, and is attempting to preserve them through his paintings as they continue to disappear from our landscape.
My work is influenced by Edward Hopper and Milton Avery. I’ve been interested in painting landscapes for many years.I began my exploration of landscape focusing on the effects of light and how that describes Form within a landscape. Then, I began working in Watercolor. This allowed me the opportunity to work on-site in many different locations. My work spans between the urban architectural structures of New York City and the rural landscapes of New England. In both venues, light is usually the main focus in my work.
b. 1958, Brooklyn, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York